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    Hello,
    I am about to clean up some of my locomotives. I would like to remove grease from some internal parts. What product do you advice to degrease gears and gimbals...?
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    I've used just a "Q" tip and alcohol.
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    I use an airbrush and alcohol and alcohol for the airbrush}

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    Whatever you use, be sure it's safe for plastic........more specifically YOUR plastic. Alcohol can damage some plastic, especially high concentrations (like 90%) and especially if you soak your parts in it for any length of time. Be aware that there are different types of plastic and they are affected differently. When I need to clean plastic drivetrain parts, I usually use warm water (leaning towards the hot side) with dawn dish soap and a soft toothbrush. The warm water softens any dry/stuck on lube, the Dawn degreases, and the toothbrush finishes the job. A quick rinse, and let the parts dry on a paper towel.

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    Warm water and Dawn dish washing liquid. This assumes you are dismantling the loco and the gears and wheels/axles are loose. Don't use it for motors and DCC decoders.
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    Backtracking.........a Q-tip and Alcohol are great for cleaning wheels and the bearing cups and other metal parts, which you should do also while you have things apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRLdave View Post
    Backtracking.........a Q-tip and Alcohol are great for cleaning wheels and the bearing cups
    Going back to the article that Joe Fugate wrote on the different types of cleaners for track: Polar vs Non Polar.
    Alcohol was ranked low on the list as a good cleaner for track.
    Maybe use a Non Polar cleaner to clean the Wheels and Axle cups, then either use a very tiny dab of NO-OX in the axle cups, or if you fear it collecting too much gunk, maybe try
    graphite powder like Micro Trains Grease'em or even a graphite stick?

    Just a thought?
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    what about this stuff its a pray cleaner for electrical stuff safe on plastics














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    CRC 5103 Quick Dry Electronic Cleaner -



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    It MIGHT be safe to use, but there's no sure way to tell , except to try it......as I said earlier, there are different types of plactic and there's no hard fast rule.

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    I would suggest naphtha - lighter fuel. Much less aggressive than alcohol. Contact cleaner in an aerosol is also good - can really blow the cobwebs away...

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    I've been using aerosol electronic cleaning solvent to clean loco mechs and trucks for more than a decade. The stuff I use comes with a straw that allows me to direct the solvent into the places I want to clean. I don't even have to disassemble trucks to clean the wipers, and minimal disassembly of mechs is usually required as well. The spray blasts grot away, so I place the part I'm cleaning on a pad of paper towel before spraying. I use a paper towel to mop up the excess cleaner, and then let the part sit for a while to dry off. If necessary, I lightly lube the part before reassembling the loco.

    I keep all painted parts (the body shell, etc.) well away from where I'm spraying.

    This is the stuff I use (in Australia). I get it from Jaycar.
    ECS.jpg

    According to the MSDS, the cleaning solvent is "N-Hexane", which is non-polar.

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